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Facebook Research Dances Around Informed Consent

June 27th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 13 Comments · Science, Social Media, The Web

The title of the research paper is certainly scholarly. In “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” the results of a “massive experiment on Facebook” were published in The Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences. They showed that moods can spread on the network like a disease by exposing some users to more […]

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New Tools to Explore Campaign Finance Data

June 27th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Government, Politics, The Web

In an election year, the more citizens know about candidates and their campaigns the better. And while there’s a lot of information available from the Campaign Spending Commission, it can be a challenge to make sense of it all. That’s where the recent Civic*Celerator comes in, and its slate of online tools to help voters understand who is funding political […]

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IslandFunder offers more local crowdfunding

October 26th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Hawaii, Technology, The Web

Last night brought the official launch of IslandFunder, a crowdfunding startup focused specifically on Hawaii projects. The gala event, at Five-O Bar and Lounge in Waikiki, featured Jason Alan, Jahlivity, and Rebel Souljahz. But while it was the coming-out party for the startup, the site already has funding campaigns underway: a catering company, a skateboard […]

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Juicies Second Act a Hit on Kickstarter

October 21st, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Technology, The Web

One of Hawaii’s earliest Kickstarter projects is back with a vengeance. Juicies+ is the follow-up to Juicies, a set of colored smartphone charging cables launched in 2011. And while that first project hit a few bumps in the road, the numbers for the sequel show solid confidence that founder Laurens Laudowicz will deliver. With 10 days […]

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Social Media and News

June 6th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Media, The Web, Video

Last week I was honored to be a part of a panel discussion that explored the news business in the era of social media. The venue was the weekly live roundtable program “Insights” on PBS Hawaii, hosted by Dan Boylan (who is also a political columnist for MidWeek). My fellow panelists were Mark Platte, news director […]

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Local Teams Launching Lasso, Startups at SXSW

March 8th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Technology, The Web

The South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is now underway in Austin, Texas, starting with SXSW Interactive, which draws thousands of startups and entrepreneurs hoping to make connections or launch the next big thing. And as usual, there are creative and talented people from Hawaii in the mix. This year, Chad Podoski and Jason Skicewicz are at SXSW […]

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‘Catching Fire’ Filming in Hawaii

November 27th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Media, Pop Culture, The Web

Production on ‘Catching Fire,’ the sequel to the ‘Hunger Games‘ movie, has moved to Hawaii. While shooting started in Atlanta in September, it’s expected to wrap here in the islands before the end of the year. The first film, based on the bestselling novel, has grossed over $400 million since its release in March, so anticipation is […]

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Local Popsicles, Sauces Launched on Kickstarter

November 25th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Food, The Web

Kathy Sills, the culinary artist behind the former Mission Houses Museum Cafe & Tea Parlor, says the Aloha Ice Cream Tricycle came to her in a dream. And she, her custom-made tricycle, and her handmade popsicles have become a fixture around town ever since her debut at “Eat the Street” last July. She even became […]

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Google Goes Underwater

September 26th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Technology, The Web

Google announced yesterday the first underwater imagery in Google Maps. And among the locations you can explore are Hanauma Bay on O’ahu, and Molokini crater off Maui. Evan Rapoport, former island resident and now Google employee, wrote: “This is definitely the coolest thing you’ve seen in a long time. You can now use Street View to […]

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City Launches Open Data Portal

July 24th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Government, Technology, The Web

The new Data.Honolulu.gov site takes the city’s transparency efforts “to the next level,” expanding upon the “CAN-DO” portal it unveiled last March.

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